War Tunnels has plan for bumper ‘summer’ season

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JERSEY War Tunnels is set to open for a nine-month ‘summer’ season this weekend with new themed exhibitions to coincide with Liberation 75 commemorations.

Jersey War Tunnels opens for the 2020 season on Saturday 15 February

The attraction at the former underground hospital site in St Lawrence opens tomorrow and every day until 15 November – the longest season at the attraction, which welcomes 90,000 visitors annually.

The Liberation Walk, also opening tomorrow, provides an insight into what Islanders were doing on 9 May 1945, the day that Jersey was freed after five years of German occupation.

Operations manager Kathy Bechelet said the idea was to capture the way Islanders celebrated on Liberation Day.

‘It is a heart-warming and uplifting conclusion to the Occupation journey that visitors are taken on throughout the attraction,’ she said.

There will also be a second new exhibit, which will open at the start of May, just ahead of the 75th anniversary. Details of the second exhibition remain under wraps at this stage.

Ms Bechelet added: ‘We invest significantly in the attraction every year, spending the winter months developing new exhibits, as well as refurbishing existing ones, ensuring that visitors have a new experience every time they visit us. 2020 is an incredibly special year, as we celebrate Liberation 75, and we have invested heavily in our two new exhibitions.’

The 2020 War Tunnels’ season will also feature new ticketing options for visitors, with both on sale from late spring. A season pass will be available, allowing unlimited access for an individual throughout the season, while ‘off-peak’ tickets will also be available at reduced prices for those arriving after 2pm daily.

‘We are always looking for ways to improve our visitor experience and as such have reviewed our ticket types,’ Ms Bechelet added. ‘We recognise that many Islanders have visitors who may be interested in Jersey War Tunnels. By offering a season pass, they will be able to join their friends and family.’

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